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Foundations of Literacy - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our expert instructors explain the foundations of literacy through concise definitions and engaging illustrative examples. You can expect to study literacy theories and development research, as well as reading/spelling development, sight words, reading curricula and classroom literacy promotion. When you're finished working through the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:
- Compare the characteristics of several literacy theories
- Explain the basics of literacy development research
- Understand the development of reading skills across grades
- Outline the different stages of spelling development
- Teach sight words that are appropriate for different grade levels
- Assess strategies that can help promote literacy in the classroom
- Evaluate a writing and reading curriculum
The chapter is available whenever you need it, and we've made it accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you reinforce your understanding of important literacy concepts. If you have any questions, you can submit them to our instructors online.
1. Overview of Literacy Development Research
In this lesson, you will learn about previous and current research in literacy development that has contributed to our understanding of both youth and adult literacy.
2. Literacy Theories: Types & Characteristics
The maturationist, emergent, and social constructivist literacy theories have different perspectives on how children acquire literacy. In this lesson, we will discuss the main characteristics of each theory.
3. Reading Development Across Grades
One of the most important transformations that happens in the early grades is the movement from non-readers to readers. In this lesson, we track the development of reading skills throughout the early elementary years.
4. Stages of Spelling Development
Children don't start out knowing how to spell words. Instead, spelling (like many other skills) develops over time and with practice. Watch this lesson to find out more about the stages of spelling development that children go through.
5. How to Teach Grade Level Appropriate Sight Words
Find out how to create lists of sight words that are relevant to the level of your students. Learn strategies for teaching sight words and then check your knowledge of this topic with a quiz.
6. Promoting Literacy in the Classroom: Strategies & Tips
This lesson will help you explore various ways to promote literacy in your classroom that are both educational and fun for students. Learn a few strategies and tips to help your students read for pleasure and by choice.
7. Evaluating Reading & Writing Curriculum
It can sometimes be difficult for teachers to know which curriculum is appropriate for students. This lesson outlines how teachers can evaluate reading and writing materials to ensure that they meet the needs of both teacher and students.
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